above the Golden Horn...
Travel offers an innovative half-day
Istanbul city tour of
the Süleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Pierre Loti Hill and Golden Horn, out-of-the-way Istanbul sights,
for as little as €35 (here
are exchange rates).
They pick you
up at your hotel (Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazıt, Taksim, Cruise Port),
drive to the Süleymaniye Mosque (largest in Istanbul), visit the mosque and explain how each imperial mosque had a külliye, or assemblage of charitable-works buildings around it: travelers' hostel, hospital, soup kitchen, theological seminary, etc.
Then it's off to the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora (Chora Church, Kariye Müzesi) where you see the
splendid 12th-century Byzantine mosaics.
After driving along the 4th-century Byzantine City
Walls, you go to the Pierre
Loti Café on a hilltop
overlooking the city and the Golden
Horn, for a glass
of tea or cup
of Turkish coffee.
From there, you drive along the
shores of the Golden
Horn to Eminönü, where you can end your tour and explore the Egyptian
Spice Bazaar, or board a TurYol
Bosphorus ferry for a 1-1/2-hour
cruise. Or you can stay in the vehicle and be
dropped in Sultanahmet,
as you wish.
Total tour time is 3-1/2 to
4 hours. The tour operates every
day except Wednesday (when the
Chora Church/Kariye Museum is closed.)
you to explain what you are seeing
and make sure all goes smoothly.
These sights are the ones most difficult to
reach, and least visited by organized
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You may be interested in their Old Istanbul Guided Walking Tour and/or their various Bosphorus Cruise Tours as
how to do it! They're the ones who
operate the great-value-for-money private
airport transfer service with comfortable
When you contact Efendi
Travel to reserve
your place on the tour, mention
TTP. Here's why.
—by Tom Brosnahan